This week, "Weird Al" Yankovic's Mandatory Fun became the first comedy album in more than 50 years to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The last time one headed the chart was Allan Sherman's My Son, The Nut, which held on to the top position for eight weeks 1963, when little Al Yankovic was just turning four.
Mandatory Fun, which sold 104K copies this week, is the first comedy album in history to debut at No. 1. Previously, the fastest-rising comedy album was Vaughn Meader's The First Family, a spoof of the Kennedy family, which shot to No. 1 in two weeks in December 1962.